Stuck at home or on campus for Spring Break 2012? Follow these tips to ban boredom and be productive during your time off:

  • Search for scholarships, summer internship and job openings. The end of the school year will be her before you know it and you want to be prepared. Research online for opportunities nationwide or, if you plan on sticking close to home, hit the streets and submit applications face-to-face.
  • Get started on all the homework, paper-writing and studying that comes with the last few weeks of school. You will be able to relax during final exams while most of your peers are stressed-out and sleep-deprived.
  • Plan a fun trip for your summer vacation. You can save big by signing up for alerts from airlines and online travel sites, like Orbitz and Southwest, that regularly send e-mail notifications of hotel and flight sales.
  • Catch a movie, read a book, go to a baseball game or try a new sport. You know, all those things you don’t have time for during the school year? Check out and for daily deals on restaurants, art classes, shopping, event tickets, adventure sports and more.

If you are in high school, make sure you have completed all the necessary paperwork for your college admission and financial aid – and try your best to avoid falling victim to ‘senioritis’. Colleges pay attention to all of your high school grades, including the last quarter of your senior year, and can withdraw acceptance from students who show a significant drop in academic performance. Enjoy these last few weeks of high school with your friends, but don’t completely abandon your schoolwork. All your effort is about to pay off.